When it comes to our furry companions, their well-being encompasses more than just walks, treats, and cuddles. Dental health plays a vital role in the overall health of our beloved cats and dogs. Just like us, our pets require regular dental care to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental issues can lead not only to discomfort but also more severe health problems. Tartar buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay can pave the way for infections that may affect their heart, kidneys, and other organs.
Maintaining proper dental care is essential for their overall well-being and longevity. Here are 5 at-home dental care tips that you can incorporate into your pet’s routine today.
Just as you brush your teeth, your pets can benefit from regular brushing too. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and pet-friendly toothpaste to gently brush their teeth. Start slowly and make it a positive experience with rewards. Gradually increase the duration as your pet becomes accustomed to the routine.
If your pet is resistant to a toothbrush, consider using a finger brush or gauze. Gently rub their teeth and gums to help control plaque buildup.
Certain chew toys and treats are designed to promote dental health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup. Use toys approved by veterinarians, as they can help scrape away debris from your pet’s teeth while they enjoy playtime.
Nutrition plays a crucial role in oral health. Feeding your pets high-quality, balanced diets can contribute to stronger teeth and gums. Additionally, consider dental-specific diets that are formulated to support oral health.
Regular veterinary visits are essential for monitoring your pet’s dental health. Your vet can identify any potential issues early on and provide professional dental cleanings if needed.
Certain pets may find additional advantages through dental cleaning and treatment appointments. Toronto Humane Society’s Public Veterinary Services dental program offers accessible preventative dental cleanings to pets under 10 years old and in good health. For more information and to book your appointment, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/dentalcare.
This article was originally published in the Fall Edition of Toronto Humane Society’s quarterly magazine, Animal Talk. You can read the full magazine for free via issuu. Our city is in crisis and it needs your help. Click here to learn how you can keep families whole during uncertain times.
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